Alexandra is now a member of a “foreign agent” organization

A few days ago, on April 20 2017, the Ministry of Justice declared the Kola Ecological Center, of which my mate Alexandra is a member, a “foreign agent” for receiving foreign financing and being engaged in political activity.

Its “political activity” appears to be taking part in public hearings where government officials were present.

The “foreign agent” status means, in addition to a serious stigma, a significant increase in the amount of reporting paperwork the NGO has to do.

The Kola Ecological Center is behind the eco-trails east of Kandalaksha and near Kolvitsa. They also orchestrated the construction of a WW2 memorial in Kolvitsa. These are the sort of things that stand out in their work, not attempting to influence Russian government officials using foreign funds.

Stress therapy for Alexandra

Yesterday drove through 250km of snow and blizzard on the insistent request of my mate, who apparently needed some variety to clear her head off the eider thoughts. If anybody does not know, she is intensely working on a book on the relationship between humans and eider ducks. Sometimes that results in brain overheat, thus the need for a cooling trip once in a while.

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Last year’s searches

While the vast number of searches taking visitors to my www.kandalaksha.su remain unknown (only one out of about 16 shows), here is a summary of known search words/phrases that took visitors to my site during the last year: 

Search Views
kandalaksha 23
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saami 7
prostitute petrozavodsk 5
teriberka 4
hand grenade 4
salla border camp contect number 4
kandalaksha.su 4
watch leviathan with english subtitle 3
kirkenes to murmansk 3
finnish cultural expo at petrozavodsk nov 2016 3
stone flower apatity 3
murmask city indian culture festivals 3
olenegorsk 3
british cemetery murmansk 2
murmansk brides 2
seidozero 2
murmansk teriberka distance 2
rp5.ru 2
http://kandalaksha.su/yet-another-report-of-a-criminal-charge-for-fictional-registration/ 2
julia myrzik 2
aleksey golenkevich 2
watanabe haruhisa bicycle 2
vodka free 2
jogge murmansk 2
newcombe mott 2
rent a dacha in moscow 2
birds of kola peninsula 2
kandalaksha murmansk russia 2
camper parking murmansk 2
monchegorsk, ru news 2
new de kandalaksha 2016 2
cortana hot 2
alcohol free vodka 2
newcome mott 1
leviathan russian film with english subtitles 1
kandalaksha finland border 1
motel pomor tur kandalaksha 1
kandalaksha beluga 1
alcohol vodka 1
dacha for rent in ryazan 1
haruhisa watanabe murmansk 1
левиафан watch online with english subtitles 1
сноумобайл мурман 1
watch leviathan 2014 online english subtitles 1
salla border crossing 1
birds in colorado winter 1
сталин в хибинах 1
murmansk luvenga 1
kanozero 1
crawl under legs 1
new york times кандалакше 1
zarechensk otel 1
solovki island in winter 1
travel from kandalaksha to salla 1
semalt expert 1
puromisterio 1
” newcomb mott” 1
murmansk ferry 1
greenwich hotel murmansk 1
severomorsk city 1
ww.beutiful kola ru gora.com 1
gagarin museum murmansk 1
prostitud in kandalaskha in russia 1
leviathan watch in english 1
borisoglebsk 1
camping in murmansk 1
watanabe haruhisa 1
stalin statue 1
kirovsk railway station 1
murmansk prostitution 1
varzuga 1
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newcomb mott skafferhullet 1
trunkovsky aleandr 1
anna mikhailova 2014 1
28.5.2016 varzuga 1
russian mega project 1
ferry kem solovki 1
scammer michael horan 1
game.kandalaksha 1
visa registration russia 1
lake in northwest russia giant myth 1
prostitutes murmansk 1
lovozero train station 1
левиафан english subtitles online 1
ferge kirkenes murmansk 1
map of alexandrov 1
birds of the whitesea 1
murmansk off limit foreigners 1
ferry to murmansk 1
murmansk ferry from 1
border crossing in salla. 1
saami russian 1
kashkarantsy 1
petrozavodsk prostitutes 1
гест хаус алакуртти 1
apatity 1
dacha for rent st petersburg 1
кандалакша макдональдс 1
dacha rent in moscow russia 1
rybachy peninsula ooen foreigners 1
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rybachy 1
rent dacha near moscow 1
kandalaksha russia 1
kandalaksha military 1
axe murder 1
buran snowmobile 1
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pulonga 1
паром кандалакша соловки 1
epiphany murmansk 1
handgrenade 1
russian brothel murmansk 1
diving equipment +finland 1
ugly police 1
prostitution in kandalaksha 1
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yacht belomorsk 1
ferry murmansk 1
a few photos from musta-tunturi and sredni 1
ryrik chemyakin at70 north 1
kandalaksha.history and attractions 1
sredny peninsula 1
watercolours moscow 1
ponoj 1
haruhisa watanabe 1
flyviking norway 1
avia crash 1
teriberka hotel 1
http://kandalaksha.su/new-winter-tour-on-the-solovetsky-islands/ 1
solovetsky snowmobile 1
hare krishna saint petersburg 1
president of sos childrens village s. kaul 1
olenya air base 1
lovozero shopping 1
dacha rent moscow 1
kandalaksha town 1
murmansk city from india 1
crow on head 1
mcdonalds murmansk 1
kozulya cookie karelia 1
hand gernade 1
kola kopeikin 1
kandalaksh, russia 1
google maps kandalksha water temperature 1
apatity stone flower 2017 1
murmansk oblast woman photo 1
2017 ma tole kola 1
reindeer boots lovozero 1
siddhartha kaul 1
renting a datcha for 3 monthe inkostroma 1
ferry oslo to murmansk 1
monchegorsk prostitutes 1
Unknown search terms 4,381

Glad to see that prostitution is not an unconditional leader the way it was towards the end of my Moscow phase.

Santa Claus in a bird cage

garages
There are few things more gloomy and depressing in this country than postapocalyptic style”garage coops”. Our car has been stuck in one of these, in Niva-3, an industrial outskirt of Kandalaksha, for the last two weeks for a welding job.

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Kola Expeditions is getting ready to receive English-speaking travellers

They ordered me to translate their site into English, and immediately uploaded these translations to snowtracker.ru/en/. Last March we ourselves took part in one of their 3-4 hour tours, were impressed, and can recommend Kola Expeditions to travellers looking for the “local spirit”.

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My English students seek conversation practice

Here is a letter from one of them:

irina-2I’m desperate for English conversation practice!

In exchange, I can be your guide in Kandalaksha.

I can meet you at the train station, help you check into a hotel, recommend a place to eat, suggest places to visit, take you there, keep you from getting lost, and in every other way make you stay in Kandalaksha pleasant and comfortable. All totally free if you speak English to me and encourage me to do the same.

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Hills over the Kolvitsa village

Here are some photos from the recent trip to the tundra hills over the village of Kolvitsa, thanks to two Finnish travelers I took there. During a good half a day in the hills we met no one and saw not a single piece of trash. I think I’m starting to understand what draws people up there.

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The white stuff is lichens. No reindeer here, thus lots of lichens.kolvitsa-hills-2kolvitsa-hills-3
Picking cloudberries..

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On top of one of the highest hills in the area..

I hate gnats!!

666These are much worse than mosquitoes. Unlike the latter, gnats slice off a patch of your skin. On Wendesday I got bitten by some during the trip to the hills, and my arms are still swollen and it still itches three days later. The all-knowing Alexandra says these will last about a week. One of the worse thing about gnats is they don’t really hurt when they initially attack you. ALWAYS WEAR LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT TO THE WOODS AND TAKE SOME INSECT-REPELLANT WITH YOU!!

 

Off to the hills for the whole day

okkatyeva-hillToday I’m taking two Finnish travellers first to the Volostnaya hill, and then to the famous “Iron Gates” between the Domashniye (“home”) tundras and Okkatyeva hill, half-way between Luvenga and KolvitsaWish us all luck.

The site is back up. Thank you all for your patience.

hackerDamn hackers had inserted their crap into www.kandalaksha.su, and it took the liquidweb.com tech support heroes a few days to take the malicious code out. I’ve had an eventful week too that included a trip to Chupa for a three-day conference, during which I made several discoveries that could be of interest to potential travellers to this remote corner of the world, and a series of reports to share these with you is coming up.